Right now, Maya developer
is owned by Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI), but it may not be that way for much longer if the company gets its way. Alias announced late Wednesday that it’s in negotiations to be acquired by a private equity investment firm — plans the company’s president welcomes with open arms.
Alias warned that it hasn’t yet entered into any binding agreement with the as-yet unidentified firm. Alias president Doug Walker said that the investor in question “believes that there is a great potential and synergy to having design and entertainment focused products, services and customers,” however.
Walker added that Alias, as a company independent of SGI, “would be able to further expand its business, extend customer value and create significant growth with its products and services.”
Alias made a splash in the Mac market with the release of Maya following the release of Mac OS X. The software is an industry-standard tool for the development and creation of complex 3D animation used in games, interactive media, motion pictures and video and other industries.
Despite the absence of the company’s top-of-the-line Maya Unlimited software for the Mac platform, Alias enjoys a very comfortable margin of Macintosh users — considerably higher than what some might think given quarterly market penetration numbers that suggest Macs make up 3 percent or less of new computers sold. By
Alias’ own analysis, a robust 25 percent of its units sold go to Mac OS X users in North America alone, while 20 percent worldwide are Mac users.
Alias cautioned that regardless of these negotiations or a potential sale of Alias, its management team, organization, services, support and product availability won’t change.